New Line' s WeddingCrashers has overtaken Hitch to become the biggest grossing comedy ofthe year in North America, racing to a $180m domestic running total since itsJul 15 launch.

WeddingCrashers now ranks asthe second biggest R-rated comedy of all time behind Beverly Hills Cop, which finished on $234.8m. It is alsothe seventh biggest title of the year.

The picture has amassed morethan $38.5m in international markets for a worldwide cumulative box office ofmore than $218.6m.

Grossing morethan $21.5m in the UK and more than $6.9m in Australia, the early overseassigns bode well for Wedding Crashers, with debuts still to come in Italy, Russia, Spain, Mexico,Brazil, Japan and South Korea.